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J Immunol. 1982 Nov;129(5):1843-8.

Functionally distinct helper T cells enriched under different culture conditions cooperate with different B cells.


Helper T cells selected from KLH-primed lymph node cells under different in vitro conditions were analyzed for the ability to cooperate in secondary hapten-specific antibody responses. It is shown that carrier-specific, MHC-restricted helper T cells selected in low-density cultures cooperate with equal efficiency in either PC-specific or DNP-specific responses. In the presence of both PC-specific and DNP-specific B precursors, however, such T cells are limited to participate in only one helper event in vitro. In contrast, the predominant helper T cell in a second population maintained in high-density lymph node cultures cooperates, presumably through a soluble factor, with multiple B precursors. These properties correspond to those previously described for specific and nonspecific effector functions. The experiments reported here further demonstrate that different B cells respond in vitro to carrier-specific and nonspecific helper signals.

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